Five Buildings on my Way Home

It’s a hard life, doing a bike blog. Always out on my bike, riding the lanes and looking for something interesting. Ambling along on a bike when I could be sitting in my car in a traffic jam!

Leaving work today with the luxury of no time pressure, I cycled home by a less-than-direct route, and stopped to look at some buildings along the way.  Going down Mill Lane I came across the old mill:

This now appears to be a house or perhaps apartments.  Once not so long ago this was an industrial building drawing power from the stream via a waterwheel.

The picture shows all that is left of this renewable energy source, look at the staircase going nowhere for a potent metaphor of how we went wrong!

Passing Malkin’s Bank I got to the Romping Donkey, A lovely country pub that has gone the way of many others and is being demolished:

It was quite touching to read the words of the new landlady in 2009 who was full of hope and optimism about making a go of this pub.

I can only imagine that punters like me decided that paying two pounds for a soft drink was a serious rip-off and we would rather have the same drink at home for one tenth of the price.

A bit further on I came across this tin tabernacle or church made of corrugated iron.  This one used to be in Alsager but got sold off and moved to Hassall Green.  I must confess that I didn’t at first believe that this was Church of England  – surely the established church would build in stone and this must be a puritan or a non-conformist or even a primitive methodist church?   But no, it seems that our national State Church actually constructed churches out of corrugated iron, and this as the British Empuire was at its height.

These days this church seems to be mainly a point of interest to visit when you are travelling along the canal by barge.

Just down the road is Station House, on the  Salt Line.  Once, I imagine, the stationmaster would have lived here as trains filled with salt or passengers would pass by.  Now walkers and cyclists have taken their place.

It struck me that all these buildings had seen a radical change of use, so I made a slight detour to see this bandstand, which has not changed since the day it was built, (by me) about 12 years ago, for Highfields School in Alsager. I’m pleased to see that it’s still in use and looking good:

A final stop at the co-op for food and a bottle of Scotch, and then home!




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One Response to Five Buildings on my Way Home

  1. bloggbiscuit says:

    Hi there, I used to live not far from the Romping Donkey, just near an entrance to the opposite end of the Roughwood Hollow to where the Romping donkey demolition now stands, its such a shame that pub has been attacked and demolished, part of it was a listed building and it needs a listed architecture with love to put it right as right as it can be.

    My late grandparents had their funeral service at the tin church, cousins were christened there. I remember the salt line when the bridge was still there down roughwood hollow, and the tales my dad would tell about coming under, stopping and chasing lads off who were throwing stones from said bridge.

    As for the school well I was a year too old for that Highfields, when the first lot of students went in I was going to the local comp.

    I love your photos of where I used to live and your blog, it brings back so many memories. My parents lived near to Hassall Road, between the M6 bridge and Holmlea farm, my grandparents resided at holmlea before my grandfathers eyesight deteriorated rapidly and they moved to Alsager, my parents moved from nearby after being there from 1964 and moved in to my grandparents house in Alsager after they had passed on.

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